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Casio Computer app lets anyone be a songwriter by humming tune
Casio Computer Co.'s music-making smartphone app that turns short, hummed tunes into songs (Provided by Casio Computer Co.)
Casio Computer Co. has developed a smartphone app that will compose songs when users hum short, original melodies into the microphone.
New Fujitsu LED technology sheds new light on illuminated items
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.’s new light-emitting diode (LED) technology enables smartphone users to see information on items illuminated in special LED lights. (Shinya Takagi)
Finding out more about products in shops or works of art in museums may soon be as simple as pointing a smartphone camera at it.
Sharp's new speaking smartphone discerns situations, 'talks' to...
The Sharp smartphone that talks to you (Aki Fukuyama)
Sharp Corp. has developed a "polite" smartphone that will greet its owner with a "welcome back" upon returning from a business trip, or advise, "I hear it might rain today....
Saitama town’s newsletter gives ‘moving sign language...
Misuzu Takanami, left, and a partner shoot a video at the Miyoshi town hall in Saitama Prefecture. (Shintaro Kato)
MIYOSHI, Saitama Prefecture--The town government here is producing what it says is the first municipal newsletter featuring “moving sign language lessons.”
Telecom firms introduce cellphone SIM cards for foreign tourists
So-net Corp.'s prepaid data SIM cards for foreign tourists can be purchased from a vending machine at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture. (Provided by So-net Corp.)
Telecom companies are scrambling to introduce prepaid mobile phone SIM cards for foreign visitors ahead of an anticipated surge of tourists for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Sanwa Supply releases telephoto attachment for smartphone
The 400-CAM040 (Provided by Sanwa Supply Inc.)
Sanwa Supply Inc. has marketed a portable device that doubles the zooming capacity of a smartphone camera.
Sony surprises with first quarter profit
Visitors walk past a logo of Sony at Sony Building in Tokyo on July 31. Sony reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from buildings and its stake in a video-game maker. (AP Photo)
Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit on July 31 as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from selling buildings ...
NTT Communications offers SIM cards for foreign visitors to Japan
A new SIM card has been designed for foreign visitors to Japan. (Provided by NTT Communications Corp.)
NTT Communications Corp. on June 25 introduced a mobile phone SIM card for foreign visitors to Japan that will provide up to 100 megabytes of daily data traffic over a two-week ...
Toyota’s new T-Connect telematics service features interactive...
Toyota Motor Corp. said June 18 that it will introduce this summer a new vehicular telecommunications service along with compatible navigation systems and smartphone apps.
NTT Docomo develops world's first SIM-based authentication mini...
The portable SIM authentication device developed by NTT Docomo Inc. (The Asahi Shimbun)
NTT Docomo Inc. said June 10 that it has developed a prototype of the world's first SIM-based authentication device that can wirelessly activate compatible smartphones or...
Buffalo to release portable HDD for smartphone, tablet users
The MiniStation Air HDW-PD1.0U3 (Provided by Buffalo Inc.)
Buffalo Inc. has developed a portable hard disk drive for smartphones and tablets, which generally have insufficient storage capacity for large files such as videos.
Apple holds nearly half of domestic smartphone market
Customers check out iPhone handsets at a mass electronics retailer outlet in Tokyo's Yurakucho district in September 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Apple Inc., the maker of iPhone handsets, held nearly 50 percent of the domestic market for smartphones in fiscal 2013 through March, MM Research Institute Ltd., a market...
'Kancolle' warships as cute girls create online sensation
In "Kantai Collection," Japanese naval warships are depicted as cute girls. ((c) 2014 DMM.com/ KADOKAWA GAMES All Rights Reserved.)
Cute "moe" characters have long been a major trend in anime and video games in Japan, and the latest craze is the free online card game "Kantai Collection," which features...
Japanese companies set up IT businesses in Vietnam
Vietnamese employees develop websites in Japanese at Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
HO CHI MINH CITY--As the Vietnamese government invests in information technology education, the country's rapidly growing pool of talent is attracting notice from Japanese...
Japanese authorities to expand electronic device use during flights
A flight attendant connects her tablet-type device to a Wi-Fi network on board a Japan Airlines’ international flight in December. (Ryuji Kudo)
The land ministry said it plans to relax regulations from this summer that prevent passengers from using electronic devices during take-offs and landings.
Line app to offer low-cost phone calls
High school students use the “Line” free call and messaging app on their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Users of the popular “Line” free call and messaging app will soon be able to make cheap calls to cellphone and landline numbers, the operator of the service said Feb. 26.
After unexpected loss, LG sees lower operating, currency risks
LG Electronics Inc. introduces a curved G Flex smartphone model during the International CES in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--LG Electronics Inc. is forecasting lower earnings from its mobile business this quarter and risks from swings in Latin American currencies after posting an unexpected...
Samsung, Google agree to cross-license their patents for next 10...
SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property...
ANIME NEWS: DIP prepares map app of 2,000 real-life anime locations
A sample screenshot of the "Seichi Junrei map" (pilgrimage map) app ((c) DIP Corp.)
In response to the recent boom among fans who visit real-life locations featured in their favorite anime works, DIP Corp. is preparing an upcoming release of a "Seichi Junrei...
ANIME NEWS: Gainax readies 'Magica Wars' anime for April premiere
(c) 2.5 Dimension TV Co.,Ltd./ GAINAX
An animated adaptation of "Magica Wars" is scheduled to hit small screens in April 2014.